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Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America

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Publisher Comments:

Basis for the CBS Mini-series Starring Natasha Richardson.

"The words leaped at me from The Washington Post. 'I have decided,' President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced, 'that approximately 1,000 refugees should be immediately brought from Italy to this country.' One thousand refugees....For years, refugees knocking on the doors of American consulates abroad had been told, 'You cannot enter America. The quotas are filled.' And, while the quotas remained untouchable ... millions died."

With this mixture of desperation and hope, Ruth Gruber begins Haven, the inspiring story of one thousand Jewish and Christian refugees brought to sanctuary in America in 1944. As special assistant to Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes, Gruber was selected to carry out this top-secret mission despite the objections of military brass who doubted the thirty-three-year-old woman's qualifications. When Gruber met the gaunt survivors, they told her about hiding in sewers and forests, of risking their lives to save others. As she wrote down their stories, tears often wiped out the words in her notebook.

Gruber became the refugees' guardian angel during the dangerous crossing of the U-boat-haunted Atlantic, and during their eighteen-month internment at a former army camp in Oswego, New York. Lobbying Congress at the end of the war, she also helped the refugees become American citizens. This edition concludes with a new chapter featuring Gruber's look back on her many decades as a crusading journalist, and a special Appendix from the 1946 Congressional Record listing the names of all the camp's residents.

Synopsis:

Published to coincide with a CBS miniseries airing in May, "Haven" is the compelling account of 1,000 survivors plucked from the cauldron of the Holocaust, told by the remarkable woman who saw it all. of photos.

About the Author

Ruth Gruber is the author of fifteen books, including Exodus 1947 and Raquela. In 2001, Haven will be the subject of a major network miniseries. Ms. Gruber lives in New York City. Dava Sobel, Ruth Gruber's niece, is the author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812933017
Subtitle:
The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America
Foreword:
Gruber, Ruth
Foreword:
Sobel, Dava
Author:
Gruber, Ruth
Author:
Sobel, Dava
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Refugees
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Oswego
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
#99-103
Publication Date:
20000613
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-PAGE BandW PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.26x5.55x.83 in. .74 lbs.

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